Heart Choice is book 4 in the Celtan Heart Mates series. The hero and heroine are very likable - but the conflict between them is irreconcilable. He wants a family more than anything - but only thinks of his own blood children, despite a genetic flaw which destroyed every member of his family when he was seventeen. She would love a family but is sterile due to a childhood illness. They might have overcome the differences in class and ability but she knows that anything between them is doomed by her sterility.
Other plot lines are threaded through the romance: a challenge to Straif's standing, the renovation of his Residence, and the politics and manipulation of alliances. Straif's fam was not very likable [although her snits were occassionally amusing] she's the Paris Hilton of the feline fams...
One of the strengths of Robin Owens' writing is her believable world-building. She has crafted a fascinating, self-consistent world that she draws the reader into - background information always appears when needed and is never presented out of context. The characters have depth and you see their world, and their stories through their eyes.
Do not read the series out of order...
Celta Heart Mates series
1. Heart Mate (2001)
2. Heart Thief (2003)
3. Heart Duel (2004)
4. Heart Choice (2005)
5. Heart Quest (2006)
6. Heart Dance (2007)
7. Heart Fate (2008)
8. Heart Change (2009)
Another pleasant, mildly erotic addition to Robin D. Owens Celta series. This one centers around Straif T'Blackthorn and Mitchella Clover. Straif is a cousin of the Hollys ("Heart Duel" and previous novels) whose entire family has been killed by a virus--he's been all over Celta obsessed with finding a cure to reestablish the Blackthorns. Mitchella is Danith D'Ash's best friend, a Commoner, and an interior designer of homes. She's been contracted to refurbish the dilapidated Blackthorn Residence for the GreatLord. Sparks fly between them, even though she's been left sterile from a childhood illness and has no hope for a lasting romance with a man obsessed with his lineage. Then someone challenges Straif's claim to the T'Blackthorn title, unless he can prove he's worthy of the title and the Residence in a hurry. Add Straif's self-important FamCat and Mitchella's teenage ward and the emotions run high.
This is the fourth book in the series, although each one stands alone: 1. Heart Mate (Danith and T'Ash), 2. Heart Thief (Ailim D'SilverFir and Ruis Elder), 3. Heart Duel (Lark and Holm Holly)